Thursday, 8 November 2012
Liam Neeson received an honour giving him the freedom of Ballymena. Ballymena is the Protestant Bible belt town that the Catholic Neeson grew up in ...... he first got his freedom from as soon as he was able to get out.
He was first offered the honour in 2000 but not everyone on the town council was in favour of it. He said in a late interview, "ach its a dirty wee hole anyway full of heroin junkies and sheep." Called it there alright.
After Neeson had a couple more hit movies the town council begged him to take the award, "Please Mr Neeson the town is known for Ian Paisley, tractors, drugs and farmers, we don't have anyone else, yer our only hope."
Neeson agreed upon condition that he could herd his sheep through the centre of the town, since everyone already does they readily said aye bey.